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Definition of 'elaborate'

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  1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
       Synonyms: lucubrate expatiate exposit enlarge flesh out expand expound dilate
       Antonyms: abridge foreshorten abbreviate shorten cut contract reduce
  2. produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"
  3. make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
       Synonyms: complicate refine rarify
  4. work out in detail; "elaborate a plan"
       Synonyms: work out


  1. marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate lace pattern"
       Synonyms: luxuriant
  2. developed or executed with care and in minute detail; "a detailed plan"; "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan; "the carefully elaborated theme"
       Synonyms: detailed elaborated

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